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2nd May 2006 15:10

Contract Talks Continue

mansfieldtown.net, 02May06

Stags Boss Peter Shirtliff is hoping to conclude contract talks with his players by the end of next week.

"I hope to have all contract talks done and dusted by the end of this week but definitely by the end of next week. Some have already been offered and agreed but by the end of next week I think all the players I want to keep at the club will have been informed of my intentions for them." Said Shirtliff.

Shirtliff-"I am setting high standards and will not accept drops in those standards..."

mansfieldtown.net, 02May06

Having had the weekend to mull over Saturday's goalless draw at Gigg Lane a frustrated Peter Shirtliff feels that conditions were not the best.

"it was a difficult pitch and a difficult day but I still think that the players can produce better quality than they did. I will be telling them today that I want to see what they can do on the football rather than just dismiss it and pass to a yellow shirt when they get the opportunity to do so.

"I thought in the last twenty minutes or so both sides started looking a bit nervy although I thought Bury looked that bit more edgy that we did and they had resigned themselves and happy with a point. Richie had a good opportunity near the end but the keeper made a good save.

"Having said all that I think the players have done well getting to where they have. There are still some seven teams that can be relegated and we are now safe. The points total is quite good. But I am setting high standards and I am not going to accept drops in those standards so I will be trying to go out on a high so the players can go away in the Summer on a positive note and come back for Pre-season in a positive frame of mind, fired up and ready.

"I have got one or two things in mind that I want to change around a bit but by and large I think the squad is in reasonable shape. As well as the changes on the pitch there will be a couple behind the scenes as well. I am looking to appoint a Youth team coach and maybe talking to people about a programme of fitness and then there is the ongoing scenario with training. I will be looking for an improved training area and better arrangement.

"We are looking at taking on ten or eleven boys this Summer aged 16 years so they near the proper supervision which looks hopeful for the future of the club but my immediate priority is improving the first team squad to compete further up the league next season.

"I have spoken to the Chairman about certain things and we will continue to have talks about certain players and Salaries etc and I think we are in the same sort of 'ball park' but the talks are ongoing and we will have to wait and see what happens." He told the official website this morning.


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